Operation New Year continues; Sheriff’s office encourages people to seek help

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- Deputies are continuing Operation New Year.

Part of their plan is to not only arrest heroin users and dealers, but they’re also encouraging people to seek help.

Lieutenant Chad Suggs said, “We always would love for people to seek professional assistance for any kind of addiction problems that they have, to prevent themselves from getting into more trouble.”

Detectives with the Pitt County Sheriff’s office are continuing their efforts to round up drug dealers and users in our area. It’s all part of Operation New Year. Another part of the campaign is educating victims and users.

“We want them to realize that this is not a way of life that you want to experience. We want to try to encourage them to seek help,” Sheriff Neil Elks said.

There are multiple resources in Pitt County willing to help people. Professionals say the hardest part is admitting you can’t do it alone.

Port Human Services Clinical Services Manager Matthew Lambeth said, “The helps out there, it’s easy to access, just make that phone call, sometimes the hardest thing is just making that phone call.”

Lambeth says fighting addiction is hard and getting help right away is key.

“Certainly the earlier in the process of addiction that you can short circuit that process the better it’s going to be,” Lambeth said.

Professionals at Trillium Health Resources want people to know they’re not alone.

Benita Hathaway answers calls on a daily basis and says lot of families and individuals in our communities struggle with addiction.

“I think sometimes when you see these things on the news you think it doesn’t apply to me, but it really does,” Hathaway said. “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by addiction in their family and friends or co-workers.”

Both Lambeth and Hathaway say there are lots of resources in our area and they’re eager to help those in need.

For more information about Trillium click here.

For more information about Port Human Services click here.

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